A massive amount of talent was lost in 2016. From Prince and David Bowie in the first half of the year to George Michael and Debbie Reynolds in the last month of 2016, it was a tough year in the entertainment industry.
Luckily, these talented individuals live on through the music, movies and art they left behind, which generations to come will enjoy and learn from. Below are 11 memorable quotes from a few of the legends lost this year.
“Every moment adds up to a life, and that’s why I am here with you for an achievement award that they say I’ve earned. The golden era of Hollywood. Fortunately, that’s really my life. My life is golden.” - Debbie Reynolds to Peoplein 2015
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” - Carrie Fisher to Sarasota Herald-Tribune on April 20, 2013
"There are no accidents. And if there are, it's up to us to look at them as something else. And that bravery is what creates new flowers." - Prince to Details in Nov. 1991
"The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time." - David Bowie, June 16, 2002
"I'd rather do the work and let it go to the next. Looking back is not always a pretty thing. It's 50/50 with the good and the bad that took place, but I'd rather go on to the next thing." - Phife Dawg to Rolling Stone on Nov. 13, 2015
"Except for a few guitar chords, everything I've learned in my life that is of any value I've learned from women." - Glenn Frey to Interview Magazine, 1986
“Actors are agents of change. A film a piece of theatre, a piece of music or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” - Alan Rickman to IFC
"Do I lie down? Do I give up my career in music, in singing, because of chemo? Or do I go out and live my life? I know people who got cured of cancer and they die of a heart attack or get hit by a motorcycle. The thing with the cancer and the movie -- it's back, but it never left. To me, life is about how well you take it." - Sharon Jones to Esquireon Sep. 1, 2016
“I’ve often said if I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” - Leonard Cohen during Q&A at Canadian consulate on Oct. 13, 2016
"I believe I have some kind of gift, but I don't believe in myself as a star. To be happy as a star, you have to believe you're really removed from people. I've never been comfortable with that. I know that deep down I'm the same as everyone else." – George Michael to USA Today in Sept. 1990